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High school teams competed because ‘this is tradition'

September 16, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

One member of Calexico High's football broadcast team, who happens to be a prominent local elected official, addressed why local high school teams competed Friday night.

"We need a return to normalcy," said Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo, a teacher at Calexico high who does the color commentary on the broadcasts.

"We are not going to back down and let others alter our lifestyles or let others impose their beliefs on us or impede our democracy," Carrillo said.

"Obviously we respect and mourn those who have suffered and those who have died, but it is our duty to do something positive and show what America is made of.


"This is America — the United States."

Carrillo looked over the field and the audience in the stands.

"This is high school football.

"This is a tradition," he said.

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